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Quantum Dot/Carbon Nanotube Nanohybrids for Novel Nanostructured Photovoltaic Devices

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Quantum dot/carbon nanotube (QD/CNT) structures have recently attracted an ever increasing interest particularly for their potential applications in optoelectronic devices. The master idea behind using such nanocomposites lies in taking advantage of the combination of the interesting properties of both CNTs and QDs. Their integration with conjugated polymers has been shown to substantially enhance the photovoltaic properties of polymeric solar cells. In this review, we present the different synthesis approaches of such nanocomposite materials, their structural and chemical characterizations as well as their photophysical properties. Finally, the application of such QD/CNT nanostructures in photovoltaics is discussed.

Keywords: CARBON NANOTUBES; NANOHYBRIDS; PHOTOVOLTAICS; QUANTUM DOTS

Document Type: Research Article

DOI: http://dx.doi.org/10.1166/rnn.2012.1003

Publication date: March 1, 2012

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  • Reviews in Nanoscience and Nanotechnology (RNN) is a multidisciplinary peer-reviewed journal covering fundamental and applied research in all disciplines of science, engineering and medicine. RNN publishes comprehensive reviews articles on all aspects of nanoscale science and technology dealing with materials synthesis, nanochemistry, processing, nanofabrication, nanoprobes, spectroscopy, properties, fullerenes, nanocomposites, theoretical and computational nanotechnology, nanophysics, nanoengineering, nanoelectronics, nano-optics, nano-mechanics, nanomagnetics, nanodevices, biological systems, nanobiotechnology, nanomedicine, drug delivery, nanotoxicology.
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